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    Obama says McCain campaign is cynical, not racist
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    Democratic candidate Barack Obama said Saturday that Republican rival John McCain's campaign is not racist but is cynical in trying to divert voter attention from the real issues of the presidential campaign.
    Obama met with reporters for the first time since the McCain campaign claimed that the Illinois Democrat had "played the race card" by warning that McCain would try to scare voters about how Obama looks unlike "all those other presidents on the dollar bills" — all of whom are white men.
    In the ensuing debate, a McCain spokesman suggested that the Arizona Republican was being painted as a racist. That's an attempt to shift the campaign's focus, Obama argued Saturday.
    "In no way do I think that John McCain's campaign was being racist," Obama said. "I think they're cynical. And I think they want to distract people from talking about the real issues."
    He added of the Republicans' approach: "They're very good at negative campaigning. They're not so good at governing."
    Reporters questioned Obama about the issue of race as he campaigned for a second day in Florida, where offshore oil drilling was emerging as a top issue. The Illinois senator said he was willing to compromise his stand against further drilling along the U.S. coastline if other proposals were part of a plan for energy independence.
    "What I'm interested in, ultimately, is going to be governing," he said. "What that means is we're going to have to try to get things done."
    A McCain campaign spokesman, Tucker Bounds, said in a statement Saturday: "We're glad the Obama campaign retracted Barack Obama's accusation because it was absolutely false, and we're moving on. The only 'cynical' candidate in this election is Barack Obama for his continued opposition to John McCain's comprehensive energy plan that includes additional oil drilling, gas tax relief and affordable nuclear energy."
    The presidential contest warmed over the past week with charges between the two sides escalating. McCain contended that Obama had injected race into the debate with his warning and his reference to presidents on U.S. currency.
    At his news conference Saturday, Obama pointed the finger back at McCain.
    "None of you thought I was making a racially incendiary remark, or playing the race card," he said. "It wasn't until John McCain's team started pushing it that it ended up being on the front page of The New York Times two days in a row."
    Since returning from an overseas trip, Obama has sought to shift the focus of the campaign back onto bedrock economic issues, and he conceded that McCain had made that difficult. He said McCain is seeking to cast him as a risky choice because he doesn't fit the mold of a traditional presidential candidate.
    "I don't come out of Central Casting when it comes to presidential races for a whole range of reasons," he said. "I'm young, I'm new to the national scene, my name is Barack Obama, I'm African-American, I was born in Hawaii, I spent time in Indonesia, I don't have the typical biography of a presidential candidate."
    Obama argued that voters are still taking their measure of a new kind of presidential candidate, and he said McCain is cynically trying to feed any doubts that voters may have — and with some success. He cited a McCain TV commercial comparing his "celebrity" to that of stars Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.
    "You've got statistics that say we've lost another 50,000 jobs, that Florida is in a recession for the first time in a decade and a half and what was being talked about was Paris and Britney," Obama said.
    "They're clever on creating distractions from the issues that really matter in people's lives," he said. "We've got to make sure we keep focused on people's day-to-day concerns. We don't take the skill of the Republicans in engaging in negative campaigning lightly."
    The Illinois Democrat caused a stir this week when he announced he would support a compromise plan in Congress that would allow some offshore oil drilling, reversing his longstanding opposition. He argued that drilling is part of a larger energy package that includes many other items that he backs.

    Offshore drilling is a major issue in Florida and other coastal states with miles of pristine beaches, which are a staple of the tourism industry that drives their economies.
    "At some point people are going to have to make decisions. Are we going to keep arguing or are we going to get things done?" Obama said. "What I don't want to do is for the best to be the enemy of the good," he said. "And if we can come up with a genuine bipartisan compromise, in which I have to accept some things that I don't like or the Democrats have to accept some things that they don't like in exchange for actually moving us in the direction of actual energy independence, then that's something I'm open to."
    Obama's description of the Republicans is dead-on:

    He added of the Republicans' approach: "They're very good at negative campaigning. They're not so good at governing."

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    I guess that does sum it up. We have how many more months of this??
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    ^^Too many months. I'm ready for it to be over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    ^^Too many months. I'm ready for it to be over.
    I think we should limit the twits-say 1 month to go at it,then vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    I think we should limit the twits-say 1 month to go at it,then vote.
    Works for me. Anybody that hasn't made up their mind on who their voting for by now, too bad.

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    Well I agree with him. The ad was dumb but not racist. McCain picked Parisite and Twitney because people hate them and are annoyed by them more than other celebrities. It wouldn't have made sense to compare Obama to George Clooney or Tom Hanks now, would it have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    I guess that does sum it up. We have how many more months of this??
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    Quote Originally Posted by nycgirly101 View Post
    Well I agree with him. The ad was dumb but not racist. McCain picked Parisite and Twitney because people hate them and are annoyed by them more than other celebrities. It wouldn't have made sense to compare Obama to George Clooney or Tom Hanks now, would it have?
    Yeah, he picked those two because most Americans see them as celebrities who are celebrities just by virtue of being celebs -- that is no talent, no substance. That's the subtext.

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    Well at least Britney worked hard to get where she is, since she was a kid (i.e. Mickey Mouse Club) and has set a lot of records as a music artist, 4 successful albums, etc. She is a decent singer, great performer, a trained dancer, gymnast, etc. Paris Hilton is just an heiress.

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    Yeah, but in the eyes of most of the public, they see Britney as a spoiled rich brat.

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